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  • Feb112015
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    How Do We Educate to Improve Our Democracy?

    How do We Educate to Improve our Democracy?   As Generation Citizen matures as an organization, we’ve realized that it’s not enough for us to solely focus on our in-school programming.  We continue to improve and iterate our action civics curriculum and teacher and volunteer training, but we have also recognized the necessity of building […]

  • Feb112015
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    Defending Social Studies Funding in Massachusetts

    On March 9, 2015, Greater Boston Advocacy Manager Leila Quinn gave testimony before the MA Foundation Budget Review Commission in defense of funding for social studies and civics courses. Below you will find an abridged version of her testimony.   State law charges our schools with a civic mission that we must revive. Students often learn […]

  • Feb112015
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    GC Success: Sweeping Away Outdated Policies on Litter

    By Ryan Castellano   “Yeah, wow, this really has to change,” said Councilman Antonio Reynoso, the chairman of the City Council Committee on Sanitation, validating months of work that began with a student asking if we could do anything about litter. When the class of seniors at the Academy of Urban Planning in Bushwick chose […]

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    Welcome to Our Newest Intern, Gabrielle!

    Hi! My name is Gabrielle Aaron. I am a student at Washington University in St. Louis, not to be confused with Washington University in Washington—I promise this one is in Missouri. I am studying Psychology, Marketing and Children’s Studies. If you ask how they all go together, the answer is simply that these topics all […]

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    Swimming Like a Duck

    By Scott Warren   I’ve always had a weird admiration for ducks. When I was younger, my grandparents lived steps away from a pond filled with ducks. I used to visit it frequently, illegally feeding them breadcrumbs, searching for ducklings, watching them swim.   It’s a little cliché, but one of the most fascinating aspects […]

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    Teach Young People About Civic Duties

    By Rep. Javier Martinez / Democrat, Albuquerque and Scott Warren / Executive Director, Generation Citizen. Published by Albuquerque Journal New Mexico’s high school students spend a lot of time at school. Approximately 140 hours per month, not counting extracurricular activities. How this time is structured, financed and spent is decided by a governing school board, […]

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    GC Boston Class Helps Passage of Homeless Youth Services Law

    By Kristen Lobo   Before leaving office, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed the Unaccompanied Homeless Youth bill into law providing shelter and services to homeless youth on Tuesday, January 6th.  According to the law, a homeless young person is defined as “a person 24 years of age or younger who is not in the physical custody or care of […]

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    #Trending @ GC

    The increase in incarceration is not the leading cause of a decline in crime. – The Atlantic   F.B.I. Director Comey discusses the racial biases present in policing. – The New York Times   Differences in the quality of college counseling between rich and poor schools can determine students’ post-high school prospects. – NPR   A Washington D.C. […]

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    CCF Fellow Miajia Speaks at the Ford Foundation

    On January 23, 2014, Generation Citizen co-hosted an event at the Ford Foundation called “Educating for Democracy:  The Role of Young People in Re-Invigorating our Democracy.” During this event, as part of the “Scaling Civic Learning” panel, GC alum and Community Change Fellow Miajia Jaware spoke as a youth participant. We could not be more proud […]

  • Feb102015
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    NYC DCs Reflect: Haikus from Training Day

    At the end of two longs days of training, we asked our NYC Democracy Coaches to reflect on the experience in the form of a haiku. Lots of mixed emotions – from excitement to anxiousness to plain old fatigue after a long day. Boston, Bay Area, and Rhode Island DCs: you’re not alone! We’re all […]

  • Feb092015
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    Welcome to our Newest Intern, Admera!

    Hi everyone, my name is Admera Khan and I am a transfer from Syracuse University studying the best two combinations, which I consider to be Politics and Spanish at NYU.  I am currently a sophomore pretending to be a “real New Yorker” by living the life of a student/intern who thinks they understand how to […]

  • Feb062015
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    #Trending @ GC

    Why aren’t there more competent elected officials? The answer to this question is the same fifty years later. – The Atlantic   This piece asks whether online learning is the future of education. – NPR   While the spirit of activism is alive and well, there is a growing generational gap between the “old guard” and today’s […]

  • Feb032015
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    Testing is Not the Answer

    Civics education is in the news, which, despite the sexiness that the subject connotes at Generation Citizen, does not happen very often. Specifically, led by Arizona, several states throughout the country are considering legislation that would make passing the citizenship test a requirement to graduate from high school.  We care about young people becoming active […]

  • Jan222015
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    Strengthening Civic Learning in the Commonwealth: Generation Citizen’s Presentation for the Public Forum

    Working Group for Civic Learning Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education January 22, 2015 Millbury Memorial Jr/Sr High School   Thank you for this opportunity to present to the Working Group for Civic Learning.  My name is Leila Quinn and I am the Massachusetts Advocacy Manager for Generation Citizen, or “GC.”  We are a […]

  • Jan162015
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    #Trending @ GC

    Each week, Generation Citizen shares pertinent articles in the education, democracy and policy spaces. We invite our readers to share and discuss on Facebook and Twitter. This MLK Day, remember the man who had a dream by volunteering in your community. – Volunteer Match Photographer James Baker reflects on the Selma-Montgomery March and shares his photographs of […]

  • Jan152015
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    To Revive our Democracy, Revive Civic Education

    By Peter Levine and Scott Warren Published by The Hill With a new Congress in power and the Obama administration looking for issues that have a chance for bipartisan support, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has called to replace the landmark No Child Left Behind education law. The proposed new law would focus on quality […]

  • Jan092015
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    #Trending @ GC

    Each week, Generation Citizen shares pertinent articles in the education, democracy and policy spaces. We invite our readers to share and discuss on Facebook and Twitter.   In the wake of the terrorist attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, we reflect on the fact that freedom of expression cannot be taken for granted. […]

  • Jan052015
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    Civic Engagement Doesn’t Just Happen

    “Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.” – George Bernard Shaw   I was finding it difficult to adequately reflect upon my experience with Generation Citizen at the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, France until I saw this quote. I was walking through an alleyway in […]

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